President Muhammadu Buhari has freed 500 prisoners when he visited the Kurmawa Central Prison in Kano, as part of his 2-day working visit to Kano state.
Speaking while granting amnesty to the prisoners on Wednesday afternoon, the president said it was part of his general prison decongestion exercise in the country; and to allow those inmates with minor cases who have stayed long in prison to go home.
Before the visit to the prison, the president visited the Kano emir at his palace.
Speaking of the mammoth crowd that came to welcome him, President Buhari said he was overwhelmed by the sea of people he saw, adding: “And by what I see today, if elections are contested I will no doubt win it.
Mr Buhari said he was at the emir’s palace because the emirate council has been playing tremendous roles in his government’s success.
He explained that the stability of the north and Nigeria is paramount and he is determined to make Nigeria a peaceful country.
Speaking on his actions while he was military Head of State, Mr. Buhari said, “I did so with a lot of youthful exuberance. And myself I was arrested and detained for years.”
DAILY NIGERIAN can report that journalists covering the president’s visit were prevented from having access to the prison by the president’s security detail.